Book 32 ~ The Girl on the Train

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The Girl on the Train ~ Paula Hawkins

Another lucky opportunity whilst away to get another book title photographed. This wasn’t the easiest one to try and portray, especially not with the scales involved. However a chance to attempt it occurred, and I’m quite happy with the results.

The Girl on the Train ~ Paula Hawkins: The story begins with 32-year-old Rachel Watson who takes the same commuter train every morning rattling down the track, travelling past a stretch of cozy suburban homes. While on her commutes, Rachel watches outside the window and develops an obsession with the couple who live down the street from Rachel’s previous home. Their life,as she sees it,is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Book 31~ Trainspotting

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Trainspotting ~ Irvine Welsh

Apologies to start with with the long delay on updates. After some much needed time away, it’s been all go since I got back, so much so, I’ve been finding it is increasingly difficult to fit everything in. And that is not the things that I really want to do, the things I enjoy, just for me.  I have had a LEGO set for over a month now, and I’ve still not had the time to look at it, let alone build it!

However I’ve had to take a little break form the main thing I’m meant to be doing right this minute, to get the blog back on track…..which leads me nicely on to the image for this book 🙂

Trainspotting – most likely known by many from the film of the same name produced by Danny Boyle. Like a lot of films, their origins begin within the pages of a book.

I had a huge amount of luck whilst taking this photo, a nice fairly deserted station, with lots of platforms, and I couldn’t have timed it better for the ad hoc location whilst away on holiday, a train arrived just as I was taking photos. Perfect!

Trainspotting ~Irvine Welsh: It is a collection of  stories (some parts using Scottish dialect) narrating scenes in the lives of a group of young adults growing up in Edinburgh in the 1980’s and various people around them – their families, lovers, drug suppliers, partners in crime, or victims. Together they struggle to survive experimenting with heroin and each other. One of them has the vision and the sense to see he must break free from his friends and wasteful life. But what will the outcome be?

A Little Snippet – The Sightseeing Angel

Bob stopped off for a spot of sightseeing whilst on his travels - The Angel of the North

Bob stopped off for a spot of sightseeing whilst on his travels – The Angel of the North

Bob has been on his travels again, hence the quietness on the blog the past week or so. Since we’ve got back home there have been internet and computer issues, so I’ve only just been able to get around to looking at updating the blog. So in the meantime enjoy the view, and the next couple of #booklego blog posts will be appearing here soon. Thanks for waiting patiently!

Book 30 ~ What do Aliens Love?

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Aliens Love Underpants!~ Claire Freedman

Aliens love Underpants,

honestly it’s true.

They won’t come to Earth to eat us,

it’s pants they want from you!

It doesn’t matter what shape or size

or if they are red or blue

Aliens love Underpants

they really truly do.

Aliens Love Underpants ~ Claire Freedman: Aliens in space don’t have pants, so they whizz down to earth to find underpants of every size shape and colour. With rhyming text that kids love along with great illustrations, you had better check that there are no Aliens lurking in your underwear drawer!

Book 29 ~ The Postman

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The Postman ~ David Brin

I was meaning to do a postman related image before I started the ‘booklego’ series, as I had been asked if I could do an image involving a postman, but it has taken me until now to get my act together. The person who had asked was celebrating a special occasion last week, so that gave me the motivation to get on with it and to stop putting it off. And of course it had to be related to a book, otherwise it would have to wait that little bit longer. Luckily for them it was on my list of possible books to do, so here it is. Everyone deserves to celebrate or receive good news, and there is no better way than the postman delivering it to your door!

The Postman ~ David Brin: The civilized world has been destroyed and remnants of civilization exist in small independent towns. Gordon Krantz, one of the relatively few survivors of the collapse of civilization, looses all his possessions to robbers. He finds an abandoned mail van and puts on the uniform he finds there for warmth. He also takes the bag of mail that was also in the van to help persuade the residents of a community to give him food. They take him to be the ‘real’ postman, the con gets out of hand, and he is forced to continue the masquerade on his wanderings.

Book 28 ~ The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up

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Peter Pan ~ J M Barrie

This is  a slight deviation from my usual style. Although very occasionally I need to use a backdrop that I don’t physically have in front of me, or can’t create from items dotted about the house, I do normally, if I have to create one or use another image I’ve taken previously, get it up on the computer screen then set up my minifigs in front of that before taking the photo. This usually requires the use of a pile of books to get the figs up to the right level, but it does the trick. It is not a trick I employ very often, only when needs must. I much prefer getting out and about with my figs in the big wide world.

This weeks booklego image was one of those that I was not able to really set up in front of a backdrop in real life. This meant having to employ my computer skills in graphic design. I was actually really pleased with my starry sky that I managed to create. This meant I just had to take photos of the minifigs I required at the right angles and then by the power of modern computer magic overlay them onto my generated background. A little bit of final fairy dust, finished it off nicely.

And now onto the magic of the book itself, as that’s really the whole point of this years project, to highlight book titles with Lego Minifigures.

Peter Pan ~ J M Barrie: Is about a boy called Peter Pan who never grows up and can fly. Peter meets the Darling children, Wendy, John and Michael, in London and brings them to Neverland, a magical island, where they have a series of adventures.

LEGO Summer Fun

LEGO logo made from Minifigs

LEGO logo made from Minifigs

The past few weeks have been somewhat hectic to say the least, not just with the daily grind of work and family life, although I am currently glad it’s the holidays, but it’s also been a busy few weeks trying to sort out some of my images for LEGO to use for a campaign they are running this summer on their websites.

I couldn’t really ask for a bigger accolade. I started out doing this for my own pleasure, and to aid my photography and creative processes. But to be asked by LEGO themselves, if they could collaborate and use some of my images in this way is fantastic. Hopefully that means they will put a smile on others faces as much as they do on mine, as well as those of you, who have taken the trouble to look at them too over the past few years.

As it happened I was on a family trip to London, so I was eventually able to combine some business with pleasure and pop along to the fantastic new(ish) LEGO office there, to chat with some of the team and get a sneak preview of what was planned before it went ‘live’.

Bob poses for a photo before having a look around the office.

Bob poses for a photo before having a look around the office.

I was even lucky enough to be given a limited Mr ReBrick Minifig!

Mr ReBrick Minifig

Mr ReBrick Minifig

The aim being that the images will help provide a building block (ha-ha did you see what I did there? Got to love a good pun, and it was unintentional!) to help inspire kids to get out and have some ‘summer fun’ with their minifigs and LEGO bricks.

Enjoy your summer and ‘Keep Calm and Build On!’

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Book 27 ~ The Name’s…..

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The Man With The Golden Gun ~ Ian Fleming

Bond, James Bond, known across the world thanks to Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli (has to win a prize for best name ever) who bought Ian Fleming’s ‘Bond’ to the screen in a successful franchise that is still going to this day. Ian Fleming wrote a book a year in the bond series. He is also the author of the children’s classic ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’

The Man With the Golden Gun ~ Ian Fleming:  Bond has to prove he is back on form and can be trusted again after being brainwashed and trying to assassinate his boss, ‘M’.  All 007 has to do is kill one of the most deadly freelance hit men in the world: Scaramanga, the Man with the Golden Gun. 

For those that like the ‘Bond’ books, have a look at the ‘Young Bond’ series by Charlie Higson. I really enjoyed them despite being aimed at a younger audience, and focusing on James, before he became 007!

Book 26 ~ The Three Little Pigs

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The Three Little Pigs ~ Joseph Jacobs

Another timeless children’s classic fairy tale. Full of huffing and puffing by the big bad wolf, who meets his end in a typically gruesome fairy tale way. Like many fairy stories, it has been changed and adapted as the years have gone by.

The Three Little Pigs ~ Joseph Jacobs: There was an old mother pig who had three little pigs, whom she sent off to seek their fortune. Each little pig is confident that his house is the strongest but the real question is: whose house will survive the big bad wolf?

Book 25 ~ Happy Birthday Miffy

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Miffy ~ Dick Bruna

Miffy turns 60. Yes that is right, 60 years of Miffy. Loved all over the world, Miffy is a small female rabbit in a series of picture books drawn and written by Dutch artist Dick Bruna. Miffy was first conceived in 1955 and since then the books have gone on to sell more than 80 million copies in 40 different languages.

Miffy ~ Dick Bruna: Mr and Mrs Bunny have a daughter called Miffy. One by one, all the animals come to say hello. And by the end of the day she’s all tired out.